California Condor Encounters at Pinnacles & Big Sur
California condors are one of few endangered species that are easy to see in the wild. My first “condor encounter” was at Pinnacles National Monument, ninety minutes south of San Jose. Since then, I have seen condors many times at Pinnacles and along the Big Sur coastline.
Captive bred California condors have been released at Pinnacles National Monument since 2003. The population dropped to just 22 condors in 1982, but thanks to efforts of wildlife biologists, captive breeding has added about 300 condors to that number. About half of the captive-bred condors have been re-introduced into their former ranges, along with a few older “mentor” birds. Read more...
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